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#1 BROWNMAN

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:13 AM

In the last few years there is a trend whereby less punters are turning up for club open tournaments,especially in the country regions,it may be different in city areas ,I dont know.  Once we all had 36 hole events but numbers were dwindling so most changed to 27 holes,now we see numbers still dropping and clubs are looking for alternatives ,some stalwarts are resisting change citing"tradition",thats all well and good,but tradition doesnt pay the bills. Any suggestions ladies and gents?


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:39 AM

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 09:11 AM

I'm for 27 holes, done in a day, which is easier for time poor people. I have never played in an open day, these are just my thoughts
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 03:01 PM

Loved these as a kid in country SA. Lameroo-Berri Riverland ( 36 over 2 days)-Loxton. But 36 holes is too much these days.

27 is best if you cannot attract a field over 2 days to play 36 holes.

I would even consider 18 holes on sunday with a supporting comp ( ambrose) on the saturday.


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 03:20 PM

Loved these as a kid in country SA. Lameroo-Berri Riverland ( 36 over 2 days)-Loxton. But 36 holes is too much these days.

27 is best if you cannot attract a field over 2 days to play 36 holes.

I would even consider 18 holes on sunday with a supporting comp ( ambrose) on the saturday.

These days ,numbers are dwindling,guess I should have rephrased the question,what format would be best to replace stroke comps that could maybe attract more players to any clubs main day of their open tournaments.One club in the area replaced single stroke play with ambrose,numbers never improved at all.,its a worrying time for smaller clubs.


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 06:39 PM

36 in a day. Seems to still be the norm in Hobart.

No reason not to do it that way. It's only the choppers who don't like it.

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 02:41 PM

Played an Open tournament in June at a country club, Beaufort was the most fun. 36 Holes on the shortest day of the year made for great camaraderie amongst the players field capped at around 90 players.  First group pretty much hit at first light, last group in at dusk.


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 03:35 PM

We changed from an open comp to a pro-am and it was a huge success for the club. 


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 03:46 PM

Played an Open tournament in June at a country club, Beaufort was the most fun. 36 Holes on the shortest day of the year made for great camaraderie amongst the players field capped at around 90 players.  First group pretty much hit at first light, last group in at dusk.

I have played Beaufort,many times,great course,great green-keeper too.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:07 PM

My club and all the surrounding clubs in the region have all changed to 18 holes pretty much. Two days of golf is not possible for most golfers. Except for those very few events which have decent prizes there is no incentive to commit to playing two day events for visitors. You want to attract golfers then let them know what is on offer for winners in your promotional material, it certainly can help. IE first prize Bottle of wine, and a spanner set Versus, bottle of wine and $100 Golf Voucher. Those that say it is too mercenary need to realise it is either a serious golfing event of 2017 or an event based on 1970's values.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:54 PM

My club and all the surrounding clubs in the region have all changed to 18 holes pretty much. Two days of golf is not possible for most golfers. Except for those very few events which have decent prizes there is no incentive to commit to playing two day events for visitors. You want to attract golfers then let them know what is on offer for winners in your promotional material, it certainly can help. IE first prize Bottle of wine, and a spanner set Versus, bottle of wine and $100 Golf Voucher. Those that say it is too mercenary need to realise it is either a serious golfing event of 2017 or an event based on 1970's values.

Thanks for your input Tal,good stuff.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:45 PM

We changed from an open comp to a pro-am and it was a huge success for the club.


That replaced the week of golf didn't it ?

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:44 PM

Prize money.


That's not as silly as some would think.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:39 PM

That's not as silly as some would think.

. Is that permissible
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:52 AM

. Is that permissible

No. But it probably should be




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